Category Archives: Remodeling

Our Home Renovation: 1920’s Bathroom

One of the good things about living in the house during construction is that you can grab a cup of coffee in the morning and check out the previous day's work while still in your pajamas. So here I am checking out the tile shower surround and the cool diamond-shaped border: Our contractor suggested the…
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Our Home Renovation: No Shower!

We have no shower! Here I am washing my hair in the kitchen sink: We are certainly glad that we decided on the extra deep kitchen sink and the pull down hose. However, Jimmy seems to prefer the utility sink downstairs in the basement. We have both mastered the art of ‘sponge-bathing’ and sharing a…
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Our Home Renovation: The Bathroom Remodel

Today we began construction on our existing bathroom: We waited for this bathroom because it got us through the major construction, as it was the second of the two rooms untouched by the previous work. With this project, we lose our tub and shower. We understand that we will still have use of it in…
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Our Home Renovation: Mud Porch Cabinets

We kept our mud porch because it is so central to our lives. But we modified the size of it in our construction to make room for the new opened up center of the house. It is still the mud porch, but it now will perform double duty as our laundry room too. We have…
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Our Home Renovation: In-Between Projects

We haven’t begun the next big project (the main bathroom), but we are taking care of many in-between projects. We had relocated walls in what had been our middle bedroom / guest room, and created a new exit with double French doors from that room to our side yard. We had a large 10 x…
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Our Home Renovation: Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

The side deck is beginning to take shape. We had decided to increase the width by 2 feet larger than our original plan. We are pleased with the size, as it is large enough for table and chairs. We were going to have the columns placed on the deck. However, once it was constructed, we…
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Our Home Renovation: Impulsive Statement

Is it too much? I bought this chandelier at the coolest consignment store ever: Design Plus Consignment Gallery in SF. I really want to make a statement in the dining room. And, I must admit, there was so much going on at work that day. It was one of the most stressful days of my…
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Our Home Renovation: The Side Yard

It never ends! Remodeling begets remodeling. Jimmy and I are doing our best to be patient. We want to complete the house all in one go, then breathe, no matter how long it takes. By adding double French doors in what had been the middle bedroom (our guest room), we created an inviting flow to…
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Our Home Renovation: Kitchen Is Done!

What with serving 10 days of jury duty (don't get too excited; it was only civil), and working to prepare two homes for market, I was finding little time to set up my kitchen! I worked a huge block of time on the 24th, and moved most (but not all) dishware, cookware and small appliances…
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Our Home Renovation: Phase 2

Transitioning and moving in is a slow process. We had stuffed furniture, artwork and worldly possessions either in the garage, or in the only two rooms that were not touched. Now we are preparing those two rooms for floor refinishing and painting. We are barely moved in properly to the renovated rooms because everything from…
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Our Home Renovation: Final Inspection, Clean Dishes

The City Inspector came out today and signed off on the final inspection! Cause for celebration! More cause for celebration: please remember that we began this project with a 1927 bungalow that was somewhat updated in the 70’s. The kitchen counters were 20” deep. All major appliances (stove, refrigerator, dishwasher) are all 24” deep. The…
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Our Home Renovation: Settling and Sorting

We set up our bed today. After sleeping on the foldout couch in the living room for 6 months, this was a huge milestone. We both slept without dreams, neither tossing nor turning. For me, it was like an upgrade to a four star hotel. And it was so pleasant to wake in a room…
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Our Home Renovation: Moving In!

At last . . . . we begin moving in! The cleaners came in over the weekend to wash the windows and vacuum the dust off of the walls, molding, floors, crevices and cracks. Now we begin the process of moving back into our home. Yippee! Because we have dark floors now, my first concern…
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Our Home Renovation: Finishing Up

Our house is beginning to look like a house instead of a project, and it seems that EVERYBODY is here today for the final finish ups. We have the painter, the cabinet installer, and the electrician. The finish carpenters also returned to hang the doors, add doorknobs, and complete a few follow-up details. Yippee! We…
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Our Home Renovation: Refinishing the Floors

During this whole process, people in my industry have said to me, "This must be so easy for you because you see beautiful houses everyday." I understand the logic, but truthfully, it makes it more difficult. It's hard to make decisions when you know there are so many choices! Case in point: we stained the…
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Our Home Renovation: Backsplash, Appliances

Our backsplash tiles arrived! I chose handmade ceramic tiles. If I had known that it would take six weeks to make these, I probably wouldn’t have ordered them. Nevertheless, the tile setters began today. They cut and lay the tile to fit, gluing it on. Then they will return in two days to grout it.…
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Our Home Renovation: Light and Light Fixtures

We chose our under-cabinet lighting today. Our contractor had factored in the cost with fluorescent lights. I don’t like the color of that light, and even in my ancient kitchen I had installed halogen lights under the cabinets. I like LOTS of light in my kitchen.
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Our Home Renovation: Painting and Trim

The painters were here ALL DAY, en masse. Five painters with drop cloths and ladders, all scrambling around. It was a circus. Once everyone left, Jimmy and I went into the den and opened the newly installed exterior doors to the side yard. The deep grey is sophisticated and cozy, but not bright enough for…
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Our Home Renovation: Paint Colors

Thankfully, my husband and I have very similar taste in our preferred color palettes. However, as I have mentioned previously, my husband has opinions on every aspect of our interior and exterior home design.
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